Those Beach Boys and Rolling Stones weren’t the only septuagenarian rockers celebrating 50th (give or take) Anniversaries over the past twelve-or-so months, absolutely not. Just about each and every singer/songwriter/guitarist still standing – well, those with lucratively deep catalogues ripe and ready for recycling, that is – had multiple multi-media packages (and, in the Stones’ case, four-figure-plus concert tickets) competing for what remained of a loyal boomer’s nest egg throughout 2012.
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This week Apple Records/Capitol Records released the 14 album/16 LP Beatles vinyl boxed set. It’s the band’s entire in situ output while they were together (and alive) housed in a monolithic cardboard time capsule that is not unlike a black hole version of the Tesseract cosmic cube seen in the movie ‘The Avengers’. So what’s so amazing about this latest ad nauseam repackaging of the same material previously released as re-mastered CDs in 2009 and 2010? Well, it has bigger pictures…and, um, it’s on 180 gram vinyl…and um…the audio has been tweaked once again to compensate for the limitations of black PVC…and um….that’s it. In other word there is no difference.
Great column by Frank Gutch Jr. yesterday. I had the pleasure of doing publicity for the 2009 release of “Lighthouse 40 Years Of Sunny Days”. The CD contained their 16 greatest hits re-mastered and the accompanying DVD was the current band in the studio recreating those hits in 5.1 sound. A great starter kit for anyone who wants to get to know the music of Lighthouse. Astute reader Bill Curran pointed out that “Sorrow” from the Bowie album “Pin Ups” was originally recorded by The McCoys of early Rick Derringer fame. Who knew?
Music and fashion are two things that have always interested me. Before I started writing about music, I wrote the occasional piece for local online magazine Toronto Street Fashion, and I really enjoyed it. So when it was pointed out to me recently that I tend to include the occasional fashion commentary in my music reviews, I wasn’t all that surprised. To me, music and fashion are two forms of self-expression that go hand in hand.
We live in a very unique time. Pop culture is such a big part of our everyday existence that we are able to watch a rare breed of genius rise and zenith in real time. It’s hard to imagine being there when Bach or Beethoven performed their most celebrated Sonatas and Symphonies for the first. It is so long ago that their stories and their music seem like stuff of myth – we don’t even have recordings…just modern interpretations from the sheet music they left behind.
The archetypal pop culture perception of America follows that they have an unwavering love of Mom, apple pie and baseball; the perception of Canada is beer, beaver and hockey. If God had wanted man to skate, He/She would have made our ankles pre-sharpened. It cannot be overstated just how bad a skater I was – after eight years, I still couldn’t keep the blades pointed down on the ice. They were usually facing skyward, or at best, sideways…rocketing toward the boards along with the rest of me.